Mehbooba Criticises Govt For FIR Against Geelani’s Family

SRINAGAR: Former Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister and Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) president Mehbooba Mufti on Sunday criticised the centre for the filing of a first information report over the draping of separatist leader Syed Ali Shah Geelani’s body in a Pakistani flag and the alleged raising of “anti-national” slogans after his death.

Taking to social networking Twitter, Mehbooba Mufti wrote: “Having turned Kashmir into an open air prison, now even the dead aren’t spared.A family isn’t allowed to mourn & bid a final farewell as per their wishes. Booking Geelani sahab’s family under UAPA shows GOI’s deep rooted paranoia & ruthlessness.This is New India’s Naya Kashmir.”

Police have registered the FIR against unnamed people under various provisions of the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act and the Indian Penal Code, taking cognisance of a video clip that showed Geelani’s body draped in a Pakistani flag. Senior separatist leader Syed Ali Geelani, 91, died on Wednesday night at his residence in Srinagar.

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